Web Site of the Week: Treasures in Full: Renaissance Festival Books
If you’re tired of waiting in a long queue for an ebook from your local library, the British Library offers this alternative – ebooks from the 15th century! Select from 253 digitized “Renaissance festival books … that describe the magnificent festivals and ceremonies that took place in Europe between 1475 and 1700.” These festivals were events such as coronations, betrothals, performances, marriages, and funerals. The return of a monarch also warranted a book. For example, view the book that documents the meeting of Charles V and Henry VIII in Calais in July, 1520. Another book, created for the betrothal of Mary Tudor, younger sister of Henry VIII, to Charles of Castille in 1507 or 1508, lists festivities spanning several days, including the betrothal ceremony, music, Mass, banquets, and jousting. This book also has a frontispiece showing two angels holding the Tudor arms, with a Tudor rose and the arms of Castile below. [DS]
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